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  • noun

Synonyms for Austro-Asiatic

a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia

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Of India's 4 major language families, Indo-European and Dravidian languages are spoken in the northern and southern parts of the subcontinent, respectively (18); Tibeto-Burman speakers, concentrated in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, are supposed to have immigrated to India from Burma (now, Myanmar) and Tibet (19); and Austro-Asiatic speakers are exclusively tribes and are dispersed mostly in the central and eastern parts of the country.
As part of this project, it was decided to prepare a volume of surveys, all adhering to a predetermined common format, each concerning anaphora in a selected Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, or Austro-Asiatic language.
The penalty is most severe for speakers of Chinese home language (-$5,702), followed by other Indo-Iranian languages (-$4,660), then Austro-Asiatic languages (-$4,206), and then by Spanish (-$3,612).
Just as the expansion of farming communities has been linked with the spread of Indo-European languages in the west, so one can explore a similar phenomenon in the east, with the spread of rice farmers linked with the Austro-Asiatic and Austronesian languages.
The Sanskrit word for shovel is langala and is related to the word for phallus, langula; the Austro-Asiatic languages use the same word for phallus and shovel; and Rabelais calls the phallus 'nature's ploughman.
According to anthropologists, the Bondas are descendents of the Austro-Asiatic tribes, the original inhabitants of Jeypore hills in Orissa.